Movie Review Flashback- Truman


Gary Sinise is such a great actor. It is a shame he has been on television mainly. I miss him on the big screen, but this HBO television movie starring him as Harry Truman is great. 

The film takes licenses with history, but shows Democrat Harry Truman’s meager rise from a farmer to judge to the Senate to the Vice Presidency, and then he is thrust into the seat as the President of the United States of America at the tale end of a war. It shows his handling of World War 2, then the Korean War, and his open disagreements with General MacArthur. My favorite scene is when he is told he won reelection, but the papers reported that he lost. 

Directed by Frank Pierson and based on the historical book Truman by David McCullough, this is one of the best HBO films to come out of the 1990s. Aside from Gary Sinise’s brilliant acting, he is surrounded by a great supporting cast including Diana Scarwid as First Lady Bess Truman. It’s a great story about a man who was a great president. 

PARENTAL CONCERN: Language and violence


  • Gary Sinise as Harry S. Truman
  • Diana Scarwid as Bess Truman
  • Richard Dysart as Henry L. Stimson
  • Colm Feore as Charlie Ross
  • James Gammon as Sam Rayburn
  • Tony Goldwyn as Clark Clifford
  • Pat Hingle, as Boss Tom Pendergast
  • Harris Yulin as General George C. Marshall
  • Leo Burmester as Frank Vassar
  • Amelia Campbell as Margaret Truman
  • John Finn as Bob Hannegan
  • Željko Ivanek as Eddie Jacobson
  • David Lansbury as Lt. Jim Pendergast
  • Remak Ramsay as Dean Acheson
  • Marian Seldes as Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Daniel von Bargen as General Douglas MacArthur

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